California prisons staff infections soared by 212 percent in 2022; visits suspended for 2 weeks

8 days ago

California news, US news.

The Omicron variant of Covid is sending infection rates to new records among California prisons staff and residents, the State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation revealed.

Since the beginning of 2022, the prison workforce Covid infections knew an increase of 212 percent as the debate over a vaccine mandate continues.

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  • Among detainees, cases rose 301 percent between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, with more than 2,350 active infections reported.

    State officials decided to suspend all visits to prison facilities to try to stop the alarming spread of Omicron infections.

    “CDCR recognizes visiting is an important way to maintain family and community ties. At the same time, our first priority is the health and safety of those who live in and work in our facilities,” the department stated.